Eddie

Eddie

Director: Steve Rash
     
 

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In this comedy, a basketball fan figures she could be a better coach than the guy getting paid millions to do the job -- and then gets the chance to prove it. Edwina "Eddie" Franklin (Whoopi Goldberg) is a limousine dispatcher and sometime driver who is a passionate New York Knicks fan; she loyally follows their every move, attending as many home games as possible…  See more details below

Overview

In this comedy, a basketball fan figures she could be a better coach than the guy getting paid millions to do the job -- and then gets the chance to prove it. Edwina "Eddie" Franklin (Whoopi Goldberg) is a limousine dispatcher and sometime driver who is a passionate New York Knicks fan; she loyally follows their every move, attending as many home games as possible from the cheap seats and radioing game updates to her drivers when they play during her working hours. The Knicks are purchased by eccentric Southern millionaire Wild Bill Burgess (Frank Langella) in the middle of a long losing streak; when Wild Bill calls for a limo, Eddie arranges to drive him herself, and gives him a piece of her mind about the sad state of the team. Impressed, Wild Bill makes Eddie an honorary coach for the night, and her spitfire attitude and encouragement of the players impresses her. However, Wild Bill thinks putting on a show to boost attendance is more important than having a winning team, and eventually Knicks coach Bailey (Dennis Farina) quits in disgust. Wild Bill gets the bright idea of hiring Eddie as the team's new head coach; she considers it an honor, and at only $50,000 a year, he considers it a bargain. While Eddie is hardly an experienced leader, she soon learns how to motivate her team, and against all odds she helps pull the Knicks out of their losing streak -- but now has to face Wild Bill, who is losing interest in the team and wants to sell. Several real-life NBA stars make cameo appearances, including Dennis Rodman, John Salley, Rick Fox, and Mark Jackson, while prominent New Yorkers David Letterman and Donald Trump play themselves.

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Product Details

Release Date:
08/05/1997
UPC:
0786936012705
Original Release:
1996
Rating:
PG13
Source:
Walt Disney Video

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Whoopi Goldberg Edwina "Eddie" Franklin
Frank Langella Wild Bill Burgess
Dennis Farina Coach Bailey
Richard Jenkins Carl Zimmerman
Lisa Ann Walter Claudine
John Benjamin Hickey Joe Nader
Troy Beyer Beth Hastings
John Salley Nate Wilson
Mark Jackson Darren Taylor
Marv Albert Himself
Chris Berman Himself
Albert Pisarenkov Mischa
Edward I. Koch Himself (Former New York City mayor)
Donald Trump Himself
Spud Webb Himself (Atlanta Hawks)
Vlade Divac Himself (Los Angeles Lakers)
Alex English Himself (Cleveland Cavaliers head coach)
Rob Ryder Himself (Cleveland Cavaliers assistant coach)
Brian Grant Himself (Sacramento Kings)
Dale Davis Himself (Indiana Pacers)
Larry Johnson Himself (Charlotte Hornets)
Herb Williams Pickup Player
David Dwyer Game Referree
J. Don Ferguson Game Referee
Mick McGovern Game Referree
Eartha Robinson Knicks choreographer
Fabio Himself
David Letterman Himself (uncredited)
Gene Anthony Ray Dancer
Johnny Williams Big Al

Technical Credits
Steve Rash Director
Lou Barlia Camera Operator
Ron Bozman Executive Producer
Jeff Buhai Executive Producer,Screenwriter
Mark Burg Producer
Eric Champnella Screenwriter
Stanley Clarke Score Composer,Songwriter
John Connolly Screenwriter
Keith Coogan Screenwriter
Daniel Davis Production Designer
Andrew Gunn Co-producer
Richard Halsey Editor
Roberta J. Holinko Set Decoration/Design
Victor J. Kemper Cinematographer
David Loucka Screenwriter
Molly Maginnis Costumes/Costume Designer
Keith Mitchell Screenwriter
David Permut Producer
Reuben Cannon & Associates Casting
Glenn (Doc) Rivers Consultant/advisor
Robert K. Shaw Art Director
Jerram A. Swartz Asst. Director
Jeff Tufano Camera Operator
James E. Webb Sound/Sound Designer
Steven Zacharias Executive Producer,Screenwriter

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